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Shiurim on Chumash and Navi by Menachem Leibtag
In Memory of Rabbi Avraham Leibtag (1 Shvat, 5682 - 5 Adar, 5756)

for ACHAREI MOT/ KEDOSHIM / EMOR

for Yom ha'Atzmaut

IMG SRC="pics/bullet.gif" WIDTH=13 HEIGHT=13> Shiur #1: Yom Ha'Atzma'ut: Tehillim Perek 107
Shiur #2: Hallel, DAYENU & Yom ha'Atzma'ut


for ACHAREI MOT

Questions for Preparation and Self Study
Shiur #1: The Second Half of Sefer Vayikra
Shiur #2: The Internal Structure of the Laws of Tumah and Tahara
Shiur #3: The Torah Reading for Yom Kippur Mincha

for KEDOSHIM

Questions for Preparation and Self Study
Shiur #1: Parshat Kedoshim and the Ten Commandments
Shiur #2: The Header "Kol Adat Bnei Yisrael"
Shiur #3: The Repetition of the Arayot

The Second Half of Sefer Vayikra
Is Torah Kohanim [Laws for Priests] an accurate name for Sefer Vayikra? If so, why is Parshat Kedoshim included? After all, the vast majority of its numerous laws have absolutely nothing to do with either "korbanot" or "kohanim!" To answer this question, this week's shiur explains how and why Sefer Vayikra divides into two distinct halves. Online:
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The Internal Structure of the Laws of Tumah and Tahara
Why do Parshiot Tazria/Metzora interrupt the logical flow from Parshat Shmini to Parshat Acharei Mot? In case this sounds a bit complicated, don't worry, we'll begin this week's shiur by first explaining this question. Then we'll use its answer to help us arrive at a more comprehensive understanding of this section of Sefer Vayikra. Online:
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The Torah Reading for Yom Kippur Mincha
It is interesting to note that on Yom Kippur shacharit we read Vayikra chapter 16, while at mincha we read Vayikra chapter 18. Now the reason why we read chapter 16 is simple, for it details the special AVODAH of the Kohen Gadol on Yom Kippur in the Bet ha'Mikdash. However, why do read specifically chapter 18 for mincha? After the prohibition of "arayot" (the primary topic) contains no obvious connection to Yom Kippur? As we will show, chapter 16 constitutes the climax of the first half of Sefer Vayikra for on Yom Kippur, as the "kohen gadol" enters the "kodesh ha'kdoshim" on the "shabbat shabbaton", Am Yisrael ascends to the highest level in all realms of "kedusha". Offline/Download:
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Parshat Kedoshim and the Ten Commandments
In last week's shiur (on Acharei Mot) we discussed the transition that takes place in Sefer Vayikra from Mishkan related topics to the more general mitzvot of daily life. While chapter 18 brought numerous examples of 'what not to do,' chapter 19 (i.e. the beginning of Parshat Kedoshim) tells us 'what we should do'; thus, its header is "kedoshim tihyu" - Be Holy. After a cursory reading of Parshat Kedoshim, one is usually left with the impression that it simply contains a 'melange' of mitzvot, as it is quite difficult to pinpoint the logic of its progression. To arrive at a better understanding of the format of Parshat Kedoshim our shiur will explore the numerous similarities between this Parsha and the Ten Commandments. Online:
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The Header "Kol Adat Bnei Yisrael"
Does the name "Eydah" imply something 'good' or something 'bad?' Even though "eydah" carries a negative connotation in the story of the spies in Parshat Shlach, in the opening pasuk of Parshat Kedoshim it seems to imply something very positive. In this week's shiur we suggest a thematic connection between the word "eydah" and the first half of Parshat Kedoshim (i.e. chapter 19). Online:
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The Repetition of the Arayot
Did you ever pay attention to 'maftir' in Parshat Kedoshim? If you did, you must have been terribly bothered by the final pasuk of the Parsha - for it simply doesn't belong there! Furthermore, did you ever notice that Vayikra chapter 20 (the end of Kedoshim) is almost a repeat of chapter 18 (the end of Acharei Mot)? For those of you who may be troubled by either of these two questions, the following shiur attempts to provide some answers. Online:
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Yom Ha'Atzma'ut and Tehillim Perek 107
The accepted minhag in Eretz Yisrael is that on Yom Ha'Atzma'ut and Yom Yerushalaim we read Tehillim perek 107 before T'fillat Maariv. A simple analysis of this perek will help us understand why. Online:
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Dayenu, Hallel, & Yom Atzmaut
Even though we sing DAYENU at the Seder, it carries a message with is very meaningful for Yom Atzmaut as well. In the following shiur, we explain how and why. Online:
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